10 things you need to know about the Canon EOS R5

En kompakt Canon EOS R5-systemkamera i fullformat.

Med fullformatssensorn med 45 MP på Canon EOS R5 får du en kombination av hög upplösning, hög hastighet och filmprestanda på professionell nivå.

If you've been searching for one camera that can do it all, look no further: the Canon EOS R5 is a professional full-frame mirrorless camera with cutting-edge specs for both stills photography and video – making it ideal for anyone wanting to switch between the two disciplines quickly and with ease.

"The Canon EOS R5 can pretty much do it all," says Mike Burnhill, European Professional Imaging Product Specialist at Canon Europe. "It delivers high-speed shooting, high resolution images and 8K RAW video – specifications that would have been deemed impossible just a short time ago."

Here, we examine 10 of the Canon EOS R5's most important features, and look at its groundbreaking capabilities in more detail.

1. 45MP Dual Pixel AF CMOS image sensor

Designed and manufactured by Canon, the EOS R5's groundbreaking 45MP sensor featuring Dual Pixel AF CMOS can capture images at up to 20fps with the electronic shutter or 12fps with the mechanical shutter. This combination of speed and resolution destroys the myth that you can have one but not the other.

The sensor, combined with Canon's high-performance RF lenses and DIGIC X processor, makes it possible for the Canon EOS R5 to capture new levels of detail at blistering speed – and all with AF tracking.

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En Canon EOS R5 fäst vid en kamerarigg och med en mikrofon ovanpå.

Canon EOS R5 har imponerande filmfunktioner – det är den första fullformatskameran med intern RAW-inspelning i 8K och den första kompakta systemkameran som kan spela in i 4K med 120 p.

2. Full-frame 8K, 4K/120p and 4K HQ video modes

The Canon EOS R5 can shoot full-frame 8K 30p 12-bit RAW and full-frame 4K 120p (4:2:2 10-bit) video footage, internally. Additionally, a 4K HQ mode uses a high quality debayering algorithm for 8K oversampling, generating individual full 4K Red, Green and Blue channels from the 8K RGB Bayer pattern filter on the sensor. This effectively suppresses moiré and reduces noise, resulting in a superior quality 4K image compared to standard 4K cameras.

Not everyone needs to output in 8K, but everyone will benefit from the 8K functions of the Canon EOS R5, such as the ability to crop the footage during editing and still retain 4K resolution, or more detailed (oversampled) 4K HQ mode footage.

3. 8-stop combined IS

The Canon EOS R5, and its sister camera, the Canon EOS R6, are the first EOS cameras to feature an in-body image stabilisation (IS) system for shake-free images and films. The 5 axis image stabilization system is capable of 8-stops of stabilization with selected lenses. When the camera is teamed with an IS-equipped RF lens, more types of vibration can be corrected, for improved real world performance, which makes the camera a game-changer when it comes to shooting handheld and in low light. Movie digital IS gives extra stabilisation when recording movies.

En bild av en mandarinand tagen med en Canon EOS R5.

Med den nya generationens Digic X-processor tillägnar Canon EOS R5 processorkraft till deep-learning AF som följer människor och djur. Tagen med en Canon EOS R5 med ett Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1L IS USM-objektiv inställt på 500 mm, 1/500 sek, f/7,1 och ISO 800.

© Roger Machin

En mandarinanka med vingarna utsträckta. Tagen med en Canon EOS R5.

De kraftfulla algoritmerna erbjuder ögonavkänning, inte bara för människor utan även för djur, så att man kan låsa vid motivet oavsett förhållanden. Tagen med en Canon EOS R5 med ett Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1L IS USM-objektiv med 500 mm, 1/640 sek, f/7,1 och ISO 800.

© Roger Machin

4. Snabba AF-prestanda

Canon EOS R är känd för att ha exceptionellt snabb autofokus som kan fokusera på 0,5 ms (0,05 sek). Canon EOS R5 behåller samma Af-hastighet, trots den dramatiska ökningen i megapixels. Canon EOS R5 är inte bara en högupplöst kamera med hög bildfrekvens, utan den har även en AF som matchar. Canon EOS R5 erbjuder även en ökning av det område som täcks av AF – upp till 100 % vertikalt och horisontellt med hjälp av automatiskt val av AF-område.

5. Ansiktsigenkänning och -spårning

Canon EOS R5 har deep-learning AF som följer människor och djur. Funktionen fungerar i alla AF-lägen och kan känna igen alla slags situationer. Precis som Canon EOS-1D X Mark III har Canon EOS R5 förbättrad ansiktsigenkänningen och kan identifiera ett ansikte från en stor vinkel från sidan. Det är dessutom den första EOS-kameran som har djurföljnings-AF för katter, hundar och fåglar (även ansikts- och ögonföljning).

Fram tills nu har AF i film aldrig varit särskilt bra – i drift eller kontroll – men Canons Dual Pixel CMOS AF-teknik har ändrat på det. ”De som har provat den älskar den – antingen för att göra livet enklare i full AF/spårningsläge eller som en strävan efter att fokusera manuellt med den innovativa Dual Pixel Focus Guide-funktionen”, säger Mike.

6. Pro-level video features

The Canon EOS R5 supports Canon Log (including BT.2020) and HDR PQ movie recording for extra-wide dynamic range and low noise levels.

The Canon EOS R5 is also the first EOS camera to include the Zebra Pattern function, which overlays stripes onto an image to identify areas that might be overexposed. The stripes can be seen both on the camera itself and on external monitors.

It's also possible to record 4K 60p to an external recorder, or, when shooting 8K RAW, simultaneously record a compressed 8K version to a different memory card. "This is ideal for proxy editing or ensuring you have a backup of important footage," explains Mike.

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7. Enhanced EVF

The Canon EOS R's electronic viewfinder (EVF) provides detail of 3.69m dots at 60fps, but the Canon EOS R5 pushes this even further. "The EVF now has a resolution of 5.76m dots and a 120fps refresh rate, giving much more detail," explains Mike. "This makes it closer to the optical viewfinder on an SLR camera."

Canon has made a point of listening to its customers and incorporating their feedback into the new camera's design. "You can now have it so the eye sensor on the Canon EOS R5 is deactivated when the LCD screen is folded out. This is something users have fed back to us, and it makes sense – if you flip out the LCD screen, you're probably not using the viewfinder."

Två zebror med mularna mot varandra. Tagen med en Canon EOS R5.

Canon EOS R5 har en mekanism för minskat brus eller en tyst elektronisk slutare för tillfällen då man vill vara helt tyst. Tagen med en Canon EOS R5 med ett Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM-objektiv inställt på 1/1 000 sek, f/11 och ISO 6400.

© Roger Machin

8. Portrait relighting option

The Canon EOS R5 features a new function for Dual Pixel RAW images: a Portrait relighting feature.

"Dual Pixel RAW images can be edited in-camera," explains Mike. "This feature uses the depth map information stored in the Dual Pixel RAW file to allow a secondary light source to be applied to an image [as the name suggests, it only works with faces].

"The brightness, direction, and degree of coverage can be altered – all on the back of the camera. It's like having a virtual reflector in your camera that enables you to lift or increase the shadows on your subject's face, all after you've shot it."

9. Multi controller and dual card slots

The Canon EOS R5 builds on the heritage of the Canon EOS R, while adding features that users have requested. The multi controller (joystick) for selecting AF points has been reintroduced, but with a speed control to set its responsiveness.

Canon listened to a lot of feedback about the lack of dual card slots on the Canon EOS R, but dual card slots were always part of the plan for this pro-level model, which features two different types of cards.

"The Canon EOS R5 will appeal to a wide range of photographers and filmmakers, many travelling the globe, so it was important to go for maximum performance and flexibility," explains Mike. "We've included one next-generation performance CFexpress memory card slot, but these are not widely available outside specialist stores, so for the other we went for an SD card, the most popular memory card on the planet, which means you should be able to get a compatible memory card pretty much everywhere you go."

En kompakt Canon EOS R5-systemkamera i fullformat med monterat objektiv.

Canon EOS R5 ger inbyggd bildstabilisering (IS) i fem steg och upp till åtta steg när kameran kombineras med ett kompatibelt RF-objektiv utrustat med bildstabilisering.

10. Connectivity

The Canon EOS R5 benefits from impressive connectivity when it comes to cross-device communication. In addition to traditional 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi support, the Canon EOS R5 is the first EOS camera to have 5Ghz Wi-Fi built in1. The Wi-Fi supports FTP and FTPS and settings can be configured offline or using the EOS Utility software – with the ability to store up to 10 networks for easy access.

Network menus and transmission options are like those found on the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, including the ability to voice tag images or send tagged/rated images. It's possible to connect to a compatible smart device via the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol, which provides a constant connection while using minimal battery power.

Stuck for somewhere to store your files? The new service provides unlimited cloud storage, including RAW files, for 30 days. And the Canon EOS R5 is the first camera to allow automatic cloud uploads when connected to the internet – the images are then synced to your computer so they're immediately available when you return from a shoot.

Jason Parnell-Brookes
  1. 5Ghz is not available in all regions.

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